Black Queens Head Coach, Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo, has been honoured by gender parity group, Sugadem Gh, for winning the maiden edition of the West African Football Union (WAFU) tourney in Cote d’Ivoire.
Mercy Tagoe led the Black Queens to beat host nation, Ivory Coast, by a single goal to triumph in the final of the tournament after substantive head coach, Didi Dramani, had vacated his post for an appointment in Denmark.
Convener of the group, Afia Pokuaa, who donated an undisclosed amount and a plaque on behalf of all Sugadem Gh members at the premises of Joy FM in Accra, to the former Black Queens player described her achievements as tremendous feat worthy of celebration.
Afia Pokuaa, who is popularly known as ‘Vim Lady,’ however whined over the posture of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports in failing to recognise and appreciate the achievements of the Black Queens and Mercy Tagoe considering the short period and inadequate resources used in preparing for the tournament.
“We want the Ministry of Youth and Sports to disclose the package they have for the Black Queens to the public and we expect nothing short of what the Black Stars are given when the achieve same of lesser feats”, she said.
“It is amazing that we have not seen any messages of congratulations from members of the public, nothing!” she added worriedly.
Beyond celebrating Mercy Tagoe, Afia Pokuaa also commended her husband, Mr. Quarcoo, for his support in running their home when his the wife is away on national assignments. His support according to Afia Pokuaa falls in line with the campaign by Sugadem Gh to kick against gender parity at homes.
Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo has, in a number of media interviews praised her husband for his role in getting her to where she is, noting that he had to assume the role of a mother and father whenever she was away.
“The husband’s works falls squarely within what SugarDem Gh has been advocating that you cannot leave men out of women empowerment of gender parity fights because their support makes the fight a lot more easier”, Afia noted.
Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo and chairperson of the Women’s League Board (WLB), Madam Linear Addy has since left Ghana to attend the maiden CAF Women’s football symposium scheduled for Morocco from March 5 to March 7.
The two women left Ghana for Morocco last Saturday night to join other stakeholders in women’s football to deliberate on the progress of the game on the continent as well as discuss how best it could be further developed and promoted.
Other countries sending strong representation are Nigeria, Cameroun, South Africa, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea as well as Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia and DR Congo.
…with Gottlieb Baako
Today Newspaper (Ghana)